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PM praises Cikamatana’s achievements

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has congratulated Fiji-born Australian weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana for her excellent performance at the IWF World Cup in Thailand and recognized her success as a source of national pride.

In a statement, Rabuka praised Cikamatana, who has now qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“It is a great pleasure to congratulate Eileen on her achievements. Unfortunately, it is Fiji’s loss and Australia’s gain as Eileen has gained citizenship to compete for Australia,” said Rabuka.

Cikamatana, who switched allegiances from Fiji to Australia continues to excel in weightlifting, having been a Commonwealth Games gold medalist for both countries.

Her recent performance in Thailand saw her achieving a new personal best of 263kg in the 81kg category, improving her standing in the Olympic Qualification Rankings.

As Cikamatana gears up for the Paris Olympics, she not only represents her new home but also continues to inspire young athletes in Fiji.

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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